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Silver Arrow – History of One of the Most Famous Racing Cars

It’s been almost 90 years since the famous race on the Berlin Avus. This racing spectacle is well known to all who love this sport because it is place where the incredible dominance of definitely one of the most famous racing cars ever made was seen. It is a Mercedes-Benz SSKL that was truly revolutionary during that time, above all in terms of design. Up to that point SSKL wasn’t so competitive, however, after the change of body design, things had completely turned.

The famous streamlined body was the main thing that set Mercedes-Benz apart from the competition. For such a design, Mercedes was able to thank the great Reinhard Freiherr von Koenig-Fachsenfeld-a former motorcycle racer who understood the principles of aerodynamics and created a very successful racing car. After the magnificent victory in Berlin, the people who attended the race named SSKL as “gherkin” before the event, but the real name for the car was given by radio reporter Paul Laven. He is the creator of the now famous Silver Arrow. That name was even the inspiration for the prototype car that Mercedes introduced last year as well as Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport F1 Racing Team. So, Silver Arrow has had an impact on the automotive industry for almost 90 years.

That 22 May of 1932, the Mercedes-Benz SSKL was driven by Manfred von Brauchitsch who is officially the first racer to ride the new Silver Arrow. But what was so impressive about this racing car? Sure, the design was revolutionary, but there’s something under the glossy hood.

What made the first “gherkin” so dominant?

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As we said, first of all, it was an aerodynamic body that really improved the performance of the powerful Silver Arrow. In addition, the body was made entirely of aluminum, which certainly had the effect of reducing weight and subsequently maximizing speed. Mercedes-Benz SSKL a.k.a. Silver Arrow powered by a supercharged 7.1-liter SOHC I6 engine, was able to reach an incredible speed of up to 230 km/h. Compared to the standard SSKL model, it was as much as 20 km/h more, and the light aluminum body had a major impact. So, this racing car was in every way perfectly designed so that the victories couldn’t but to be achieved.

The Berlin race was a turning point in the design of the car as the streamlined bodywork of Silver Arrow completely changed the way designers looked on the vehicle’s aerodynamics. Interestingly, without this design, the Mercedes-Benz SSKL would have to have 59 kW more to deliver identical fascinating performance. However, we cannot but mention the main star of the race on the Berlin Avus. It was a young Manfred von Brauchitsch who, at just 26, showed he had excellent driving skills. His success is even greater if you consider the fact that he had Rudolf Caracciola, one of the best drivers of the time, as his opponent. After this race, nothing was the same as before. Manfred von Brauchitsch became a professional racing car driver and a permanent member of the Silver Arrows.

Streamlined Body-Explained

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It is impossible not to talk about as perfect the design of a race car as the Mercedes-Benz SSKL. Without the technologies we know today and which help greatly in designing and refining the body to make it even more aerodynamic, the designers in the early 20th century showed the incredible skills creating a car that is still a symbol of racing sport today. Michael Plag, project manager of the Mercedes-Benz Classic also talked about this:

“The vehicle boasts an impressive weight distribution. We actually measured the car twice. The holes in the frame are accurate and the weight distribution is 49.4 to 50.6-perfectly balanced.”

The balance of the vehicle was fantastic and made it great on the track. The selection of parts for SSKL is also interesting. According to Mr. Plag, the cost of producing four cars in 1931 cost 150,000 Reichsmark, which was really a large amount of money for that period.

“An SSK from our collection provided the basis for a streamlined car for which we had individual parts specially fabricated.”

Specially manufactured are a fan and intake manifold, racing conrod, engine block, elephant compressor, vertical shaft as well as the oil pump.

Inside the driver’s cab is a lever that is used to start the car as well as to stop it. The aforementioned compressor has made great improvements in terms of power and speed. Inside is a 7.1-liter M 06 RS inline six-cylinder engine that could produce a power output of 176 kW without a compressor. With the addition of this unit, the number has been increased to 220 kW. The aerodynamics were undoubtedly influenced by the changes in the “Super-Sport-Kurz-Leicht” bodywork that led to a completely redesigned appearance. The only thing that looked similar was the front axle. At the front, the main thing was a huge cooling air intake to make cooling as efficient as possible.

The interior has also been redesigned to as low kilograms as possible. In the end, the vehicle weighed only 1,444 kg with the most minimal interior. Literally, there are only essentials inside such as two leather seats, instrument panel, accelerator, and clutch pedal. And of course, a large steering wheel.

The Race in Berlin

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We cannot but mention that legendary race when the dominance of the Silver Arrows was led by Manfred von Brauchitsch. Beside him, Hans Stuck also drove SSKL but not with a streamlined body. Definitely the most famous man to drive this race was Rudolf Caracciola, who was the driver of the Mercedes-Benz team in the previous 1931 season. However, in 1932, he was a member of the Alfa Romeo racing team. The race on Avus took place on a 294-kilometer-long track. The circuit consisted of two parallel sections that were joined at the ends to give a circular shape. Each of these two sections was 9.5 kilometers long and the race took a total of 15 laps. From the start, it could be seen that there would be a big fight between Manfred von Brauchitsch and Rudolf Caracciola. Caracciola excelled in curves with his Alfa Romeo, while von Brauchitsch dominated the straight parts. Amazing piece of information is that the average SSKL speed was as much as 194 km/h. It was very interesting and tense until the very end because Caracciola led the whole race. However, Manfred von Brauchitsch didn’t allow the advantage to be too great, otherwise, he wouldn’t be able to catch rival. The last lap brought the most excitement when von Brauchitsch managed to bypass Caracciola and win. The final time he achieved was 1:30.53 hours. Even more impressive is the fact that 16 racing cars started the race, however, only 5 managed to drive the entire 294 kilometers. Among those 5 magnificent, there were two Mercedes-Benz SSKLs.

The Upcoming Mercedes-Benz Products Set to Launch by 2022

Are you excited to learn about the upcoming Mercedes-Benz products?! We know we are, especially about the one set to launch by 2022. There will be plenty of all-new and first-ever products, which consist of a mix of both electric and conventional models. Here are ten of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz products expected to launch by 2022.

Mercedes GLB

This forthcoming luxury compact crossover automobile will go into production this year. It is a more practical, compact and spacy SUV, which is positioned below the GLC. However, it will be longer than the GLA and similar to a GLK. Its concept car version will be presented at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show.

Next-gen Mercedes GLE Coupe

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The prototype model of the next-gen Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe was recently spotted doing test laps. It looks quite similar to the GLE in the front but features a sleeker and more dynamic rear-end. Some of the most probable variants to come to include GLE 300d Coupe, GLE 450 Coupe, AMG GLE 53 Coupe, and the top-dog AMG GLE 63 Coupe.

Mercedes EQB

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The pure electric derivative, titled EQB, is very likely to resemble Tesla’s Model Y and future compact electric crossovers. It will have the same EVA platform and electric drivetrain as the EQA and will offer a range of 310 miles.

Mercedes EQS

This is an upcoming family member of battery electric vehicles. It is a fully electric luxury sedan which will offer a range of 310 miles. The first Mercedes EQ car was unveiled last September in the form of the 2020 EQC small SUV.

Next-gen Mercedes C Class

This all-new C Class sedan is very likely to be launched in 2021 and it will be probably followed by other versions, such as the estate, coupe, and convertible. Based on the spy shots and video which appeared, the Next-gen Mercedes C Class comes with an evolutionary redesign alongside new powertrains and chassis upgrades.

Next-gen Mercedes S Class

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This is the best full-size luxury sedan, which raises expectations with every generation of S Class. The next-gen model will debut at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show and will be in showrooms in 2020 as a 2021 model. It will feature a Level 3 autonomous driving aid, a massive touchscreen which will run the latest MBUX software and boosted luxury quotient.

All-new Mercedes SL

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A completely new, lighter, sexier, and faster generation of SL is currently in the works. The next-gen 2-door convertible and will be based on a new platform called Modular Sports car Architecture. It is very likely to be a potential replacement to the S Class Coupe. The All-new Mercedes SL will be more driver-centric and will offer a more engaging experience.

Next-gen Mercedes GLS

The 2019 New York International Auto Show will happen in just a few days and it will be that we will see the world debut of the next-gen Mercedes GLS. The full-size utility barge will feature a less curvaceous and more blocky look. Its production will take place in Vance, Alabama and this SUV will undoubtedly look considerably more elegant than before.

Next-gen Mercedes GLA

The next-gen Mercedes GLA will come with a completely new styling, engines, and vast tech. It will probably borrow the 4-cylinder turbo petrol and diesel motors from the A-Class hatchback. The next-gen Mercedes GLA will debut sometime this year.

Mercedes EQA

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Considered the highest tech four-wheel drive electric car ever, the Mercedes EQA is the latest addition to the all-electric EQ range. This is one of the Mercedes vehicles to be based on a new electric vehicle architecture (EVA). The Concept EQA was unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and it’s scheduled for release in 2020.

S-Class Luxury Sedan | Mercedes-Benz

The S-Class is the one car that has every car enthusiast gasping in admiration. Other luxury car manufacturers must figure out how to get this one off the throne. The Mercedes Benz S-Class used to be known as Sonderklasse which is German for ‘special class’. It was abbreviated to ‘S-Klasse’.

Mercedes is not going down easy though. It has quite a few classy and luxurious reasons that will ensure it keeps its crown firmly on. For instance, it comes with active cruise control that:

  • Senses and maintains distance from other cars
  • Slows you down for roundabouts and corners
  • Tolls using GPS

Milani Exotic Car Rentals gives a glimpse into the kind of luxurious experience you expect with the Mercedes Benz S-Class.

Features of the S-Class Luxury Sedan | Mercedes Benz

A look at the inside of this glorious ride as well as the layout, space, and finish will give a clear picture of the car and the comfort as well as the luxury that awaits you.

 The Inside


The dashboard gives the driver two enormous instrument and display screens. The updated ones are even more spectacular in clarity and logic.

The screens are set in worked leather, metal, and wood, the steering wheel is new with touchpads and cruise control. If you are not excited by buttons, you may have to reconcile yourself to the fact that there are myriads of them.

It has a facility known as ENERGIZING Comfort Control lighting, seats and stereo enabling.

You have rear seats that massage and recline midway to horizontal. In addition, the heat and vent. The leg-rests resemble those of aircraft and the legroom would suit an NBA player just fine.

The car gives you exceptional rear entertainment too. The V8 has an active suspension that has a binocular vision option that perceives bumps on the road. The wheels are then lifted as they pass beneath. The driver and passengers enjoy a bump-ride that is almost magical.

On the Road

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Keep this in mind: when the S-Class approaches a roundabout or corner, it slows down to a speed where the driver can comfortably take it. However, if there are other vehicles on the road to give way to, you must take control.

The S-Class purrs contentedly on the motorway and maintains a nice gap with the car ahead. It is a smart car because it recognizes and responds to street signs. It is however not self-driving. It is simply the perfect car for long distance driving. It is very driver-friendly.

Running Costs

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A car this size and built for luxury is not cheap to run. However, it is worth every buck you spend on it. The price ranges from £73,000 for an SWB S350 and there is an additional £3,000 for the LWB. The S500 will cost you approximately £85,000. These ones are LBW only.


The S-Class is the current favorite among luxury rides and stirs envy among its competitors. The update is even more beguiling as it has added on technology, style, and comfort. The S-Class is the vehicle many drivers with the money to spend will opt for especially for long distance cruises.